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Yellow Barn

Putney, VT         

Yellow Barn, an international center for chamber music, encourages discovery in the studio, classroom, and concert hall; explores the craft of musical interpretation; and illuminates our world through the unique experience of music.


Located in the fertile learning ground of Southeastern Vermont, Yellow Barn’s innovative approach to life-long education for musicians and audiences, commitment to quality and a unified aesthetic, and programs that focus listeners in new ways set it apart from any other music center in this country. At Yellow Barn we are invited to listen differently and revel in the pure joy of music-making; as one participant said, “In this world, the impossible becomes possible and the beautiful becomes sublime!”


Through its annual summer educational programs, and its ongoing series of Artist Residencies, outreach workshops and presentations, and collaborative performances, each year Yellow Barn welcomes over 100 musicians from all over the world to Vermont, and reaches more than 4,000 audience members from the local community and across the nation.


In 1969, cellist David Wells and pianist Janet Wells founded Yellow Barn as an informal summer retreat for David’s students at the Manhattan School of Music. The Wellses’ neighbors embraced this vibrant addition to their community, which was named by a participant for the color of the Wellses’ farm house, cooking meals for the musicians and organizing concerts for the town. Over the ensuing decades, Yellow Barn has evolved into one of the finest chamber music training and performance centers in the world, renowned for its unique philosophy and commitment to excellence.


Find out more about summers at Yellow Barn and the summer performance season.


Read about Yellow Barn’s Artist Residencies and residency concerts and related events.


Learn about our partnership with The Greenwood School and other collaborations.